Many years ago a clever IT person thought up the Sydneytango calendar, a place where people could find classes, milongas, special events and a forum to talk about issues. This was before Facebook and it became the goto for most Sydney tango dancers, and the place where out of towners could find out what was happening on the scene in the Sydney metropolitan area.
This calendar has been kept up to date assiduously until now - almost single-handedly by one dedicated tanguera, Sima Oertli. Sima has dedicated herself to keeping dancers informed about tango in Sydney and to organising and presenting events from Festivals to workshops with some of the world's very best tango dancers.
She has presented milongas on a regular basis featuring live tango music, the only organiser who does so on a regular basis in the Sydney metropolitan area. In so doing she has introduced tango
dancers to world class musicians both locally and internationally and enriched the tango scene.
I would personall…
The music that I love to dance to is the music of the fabulous orchestras of the Golden Age - Biagi, Calo, Canaro, Demare, D’Arienzo, Di Sarli, Troilo...but sadly many of the recordings are very scratchy and clouded by poor copying. Today’s technology allows for remastering and there are now many wonderful ‘clean’ copies of these greats sounding as they would to the Tangueros of the time when they were playing the dance halls of Buenos Aires.
Tinkering with recordings of the Golden Age by increasing the bass or changing the pitch does not improve the musical experience. Rather, as I found on the weekend at a popular milonga, it creates a thumping beat, that drowns the vocals and the melody - and gave me a thumping headache! I wasn’t the only one. When I retreated from the dance floor I found a group huddled in the foyer also escaping the DJ’s attack on the music.
Those who are new to tango (and this DJ is relatively new) sometimes find they need to increase the bass so they can follow…
I just love it when I hear a new piece of tango/vals/milonga and I fall in love with it. This happened on the weekend when I heard and danced to the Australian Tango Festival Orchestra's faithful transposition of Miguel Calo's 'Suena'.
Owen Salome of Tangalo and The Australian Tango Festival Orchestra must be given the credit for this.
I have always been a Calo fan and his singers including and Raul Beron and Alberto Podesta are magic. Alberto Podesta performed and recorded more songs with more orchestras than any other tango singer and his recordings with Calo are outstanding.
You can read more about Calo on Keith Elshaw's website (I think it was Keith who told me Calo's was The Greatest Orchestra) and on totango.com
Unfortunately I don't have a recording of the ATFO playing 'Suena' but I did find it on youtube.